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Ray Farmer on drafting a QB: There’s an opportunity for some curveballs


It’s combine time in Indianapolis, but Browns General Manager Ray Farmer gave a nod to the start of spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday when asked about the possibility that the Browns will select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick.

Like other general managers of teams picking early and looking for a franchise quarterback, Farmer said he wasn’t locked into any particular position as he and the rest of the personnel department put together the team’s draft board. But it’s safe to say that the Browns would like to find the franchise quarterback they lack come May, right?

“It could be safe, but we might not go that direction,” Farmer said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It may not be what everybody thinks it’s going to be, so there’s an opportunity for some curveballs.”

Farmer passed on the opportunity to say much of anything about Brandon Weeden and said he wants to bring in competition when asked about Brian Hoyer, so it would definitely seem like a good idea for the Browns to be add a quarterback to the roster at some point this offseason. Preferably one who doesn’t specialize in curveballs.

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22 Responses to “Ray Farmer on drafting a QB: There’s an opportunity for some curveballs”
  1. coonsqualler says: Feb 20, 2014 3:17 PM

    While I am in Love with Johnny Football, part of me hopes he is not available, and Bridgewater is there. If not it sure would be nice for Watkins to be on one side and Gordon on the other…I would be happy with any of the 3…

    Just Sayin’..Go Brownies!!

  2. charge1 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:22 PM


  3. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    And stay away from those sinkerballers too. Just get somebody that can deliver strikes.

  4. ytownie says: Feb 20, 2014 3:33 PM

    Lets hope it isn’t another wild pitch like we’ve had the last 20 times.

  5. grruffgrruff says: Feb 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Manziel and Bridgewater are too small and slender to take the beatings. Bortles size will play well in Cleveland’s weather. Don’t count out Hoyer. He will be the starter and Bortles will have the ability to learn, which is the way it should be. Would not be unhappy with a Watkins pick though.

  6. dalcow4 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:44 PM

    Translated: “We are acting as if we won’t draft a QB so teams won’t jump ahead of us in the draft to get a guy we want.”

  7. blantoncollier says: Feb 20, 2014 4:01 PM

    Translated v2. Its only February 20th, draft isn’t until May. I am not talking possible Quarterbacks for another 10+ weeks.

  8. DawgPound83 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:06 PM

    Probably mark it up to being silly season, but I think that curveball could be Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s the most like Hoyer of all the QBs coming out. Just get em some Oline!

  9. iggles07 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:09 PM

    Translation: We’re the Cleveland Browns. If there is one certainty in life it’s that we will totally screw this up.

  10. godofwine330 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    I like this guy. The old regime leaked like a siv. I hope they get Bridgewater, but if not, I don’t want them to reach because Bortles is Ponder/Gabbert 2.0. The QB I want is Garappolo in the 2nd round. Actually, if the Texans, Jags get a QB in the first round it leaves the chance that we could get Jimmy G in the 2nd, but Farmer is right not to broadcast it to the world and just let the talking heads with their Mock Drafts-a-Plenty talk for the next 2.5 months without any evidence whatsoever to back it up.

    Ever realize how many fewer leaks there are without Lombardi around?

  11. realdealsteel says: Feb 20, 2014 4:19 PM

    About time the Browns learn to play the “smoke screen” game.

  12. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 20, 2014 4:26 PM

    And every QB prospect breathed a sigh of relief.

  13. buddysguys says: Feb 20, 2014 4:28 PM

    The factory is firing up its second shift!


  14. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 20, 2014 4:48 PM

    Still a step up from “Knuckleball” Weeden.

  15. grruffgrruff says: Feb 20, 2014 5:12 PM

    And the curveball would be Jimmy G later on.

  16. kwjsb says: Feb 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    Best available then Aaron Murray in the 3rd.

  17. oldcracker says: Feb 20, 2014 7:54 PM

    I would love to see Watkins #4, and best QB #26; or Bridgewater #4, and best WR #25.

    Best RB #36, followed by best DB. O-line and any other holes after that. FA should provide some immediate O-line help, too.

    Could RT Schwartz be moved to one of the Guard positions? I believe a big part of his problem last year was the “HOLE” at RG. He had people blowing by him on both sides of his position.

    We need insurance for WR Gordon and QB Hoyer.

  18. jbeatty1940 says: Feb 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    I would prefer maybe Watkins at 4 and a DB or OL at 26. I would like them to go for McCarron in maybe 3rd round. I think he may be a Brady like pick. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, he’s not fast, but, he is smart and he knows how to win. I like the way Farmer is handling the media much better than Lombardi coming out saying that they want Manziel. I don’t think Manziel will last. He is fun to watch, but I don’t think he would make it through a season. Bridgewater is very lean also. Haven’t seen enough of Bortles to make him a 4th pick. Should be interesting.

  19. NoobTubeTV says: Feb 20, 2014 9:19 PM

    My Browns will end up taking the backup QB from the University of Southern Washington or something.

    Go Browns.

  20. christophershearin says: Feb 20, 2014 10:01 PM

    the browns are so stupid they will take manziel then trade back up for Bridgewater, and the mortgage next year’s draft to lock up bortles, and I’m a browns fan

  21. brownsmakemecrazy says: Feb 21, 2014 12:37 AM

    I want Watkins at 4, Jeremy Hill RB LSU at 26, and McCarron at 35 or wherever they project him to be available. McCarron is the next Tom Brady. Getting slighted and not overhyped like Manziel, Bortles, and Bridgewater, he has fire in his belly, passion, and makes great decisions, unlike Manziel who makes dumb decisions on and off the field.

    If they feel they can get McCarron with second pick in 2nd round or even in the 3rd round take him, and get good run blocking guards to help the running game

    Drafting isnt rocket science, yet the Browns act like it is every year by screwing it up. Lets hope they figure it out this year

  22. kingfish2013 says: Feb 21, 2014 1:02 AM

    They should get the best players available when its time for our pick and not give our picks away when we are constantly trying to accumulate them.Do your homework and make every pick count.That’s how you build a winner.

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